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Bill Coleman 'I'll Tear My Own Walls Down'

Jan 24

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Thursday, January 24, 2008  RssIcon

A review of the album 'I'll Tear My Own Walls Down' by 'Bill Coleman'

Bill Coleman Tear My Own Walls Down

Review Snapshot: I’m not going to blame my lengthy absence from this site on this album. That would be slightly harsh. It most certainly did not fill me full of inspiration and enthusiasm for writing though. An insipid debut effort.

The Cluas Verdict? 3 out of 10

Full Review:
Bill Coleman is an Irish singer-songwriter. Yes, another one. This, his debut, is a typically unoriginal effort. Coleman’s voice appears sweet but by the third track will simply irritate the listener. His lyrics are that of a bored 14 year old who thinks he can be the next great poet. The songs limp by. I despair.

‘Say It Like You Mean It’ starts off with simple and such catchy pop riffs that one could mistake it for being Rilo Kiley for a moment. However, Coleman’s voice combined with lyrics such as “I want you to want me, and I want to want to want you back” ruin any chances I thought I had of finding a gem on this album.

‘The Pull Of The Pint’ is the standout track on this album. It’s a simple track in which Coleman ditches the annoying whine from his voice. But it’s not enough to redeem this album.

I don’t know what it is about singer-songwriters that annoys me so much. I hate trash metal for example, but those bands don’t annoy me nearly as much. These guys go through a break-up and decide that the only way to get over her is to pick up a guitar. They exorcise their demons by exposing the public to their uninventive playing and awful lyrics. Their existence simply riles me. 

It’s not necessarily a bad record, just utterly mediocre and forgetful, like so, so many.

Garret Cleland

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Re: Bill Coleman 'I'll Tear My Own Walls Down'

A 19 year old with no life experience can't utterly bizarre reviews you give. Go back to reading NME

By Garret yourt an idiot on   Saturday, April 12, 2008

Re: Bill Coleman 'I'll Tear My Own Walls Down'

Please, if you have an alternative view on this album I would encourage you to submit it on this site. The link for submitting a review is on the toolbar that heads the page.

And for the record, the only times I ever buy the NME is the issues with Manic Street Preachers on the front.

By Garret on   Saturday, April 19, 2008

Re: Bill Coleman 'I'll Tear My Own Walls Down'

Bit of a harsh review in my opinion. (Declaration of interest: I know Bill and happen to think he's a very nice bloke and an excellent musician.) For me the outstanding track on this album is "Offer up the hope", which got a fair bit of airplay in Ireland. It's a jaunty tune with lyrics that definitely do not fall into the category of "broken-hearted singer-songwriter exorcising his demons". Of the rest of the tracks on the album, some I like, some I don't.... Bound, Say it like you mean it, and The Pull Of The Pint are all good tracks. Yes, he sings mostly in a high-pitched voice. No, it isn't annoying. If you want to hear an annoying voice pull out your James Blunt playlist!

I urge readers to ignore the review above and give this record a try yourself. Start with Offer Up The Hope, but don't blame me if you can't get it out of your head for a week afterwards.

By Eoghan O'Sullivan on   Thursday, June 05, 2008
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Re: Bill Coleman 'I'll Tear My Own Walls Down'

You don't have the musical experience to give a balanced music review. The irony is you criticise Bills lyrics - when your own review is that of a 14 year old Junior Cert English student. Piss off back to Temple Bar with your skate board.

By Garret your an idiot on   Monday, September 15, 2008
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Re: Bill Coleman 'I'll Tear My Own Walls Down'

Never understood the fun of a skateboard. Roller blades are the way to go.

By Garret on   Monday, September 15, 2008

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